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It is imperative that the police proceed
with full speed on their investigation
into one of the most potentially dam-
aging episodes in T&T s political history.
Of course I am speaking about the
current controversy being generated by
the disclosure in the Parliament on
Monday, by Opposition Leader Keith
Rowley, alleging some serious misdeeds
emanating from the upper reaches of
governance in the country.
I am in no way attempting to pass
judgment on the veracity or authenticity
of a series of e-mails obtained by Row-
ley which he used as the basis of his
no-confidence motion in Prime Minister
Kamla Persad-Bissessar and her People s
These cyber-documents contain the
most dangerous and scandalous allega-
tions of plots bordering on criminality
by political functionaries to get back at
their opponents for the bruising they
got in the Section 34 episode.
Rowley presented a spirited attack on
the Government to support his case that
the regime was attacking institutions
such as the Judiciary, the media and the
Office of the Director of Public Prosecu-
Dr Rowley, member for Diego Martin
West, dramatically churned out the
information obtained by a secret
whistleblower, which is normally the
case in these circumstances.
But the government members in
equally robust manner immediately
brought out the big guns that put holes
in the matters contained in the e-mails.
The government members made them
out to be fabricated and bogus.
What struck me, though, was the
amateurish manner in which these seri-
ous charges were made from, of all
things, something like e-mails, which we
all know can be easily manipulated for
good or evil.
pass judgment and in the fullness of
time the truth must come out.
We have never had to physically stage
wars with our political foes as obtained
in many other countries such as our
Caricom cousin, Jamaica, which saw
more than 700 of its citizens being
killed in a general election campaign.
Sure, our political parties have their
back-room boys who would come up
with their respective strategies in the
prosecution of electoral battles.
I am told that one of the weapons
used is the telling of tall tales (lies) on
opponents, and mind you, not just any
ordinary lies, on the campaign trail. The
idea is that these untruths must be
framed in such a way so to make them
sound plausible to the undiscerning ears.
And during election races who really
wants to listen to reason as long as you
can get away with some juicy falsehoods
in the heat of the moment?
One of the slickest pieces of untruths
ever told in an election was "The Bap-
tist Letter," during the 1981 hustings in
which the Organization for National
Reconstruction was accused, in a one-
page document, of planning to ban the
religion if the ONR had won the polls.
At that time the ONR was giving
other parties a good run for their
money, as they say.
However, Baptists came out on the
streets day and night. I would never
forget their candlelight demonstrations
around Woodford Square, then the
favourite stomping ground of the PNM,
protesting the alleged ONR s demonic
plan to get rid of them.
Fully cognisant of their terrible history
of survival in this country particularly
during the colonial era, the Baptists ral-
lied against the ONR.
No doubt the bogus letter worked and
the party, although receiving 90,000
votes, did not win a "damn seat" as
predicted by then Prime Minister George
I am appealing to the "professional"
talk-show callers to please do not allow
the debate to degenerate to pedestrian
level. We are known for conducting our
political battles in an adversarial manner
but not with violence, by and large. We
may have a few hotheads in the respec-
tive parties who may lose it after imbib-
ing a few shots of "dotish water" (alco-
This goes also for so-called political
analysts, not the objective ones, because
at the end of the day, no matter whoev-
er is in power we all have to live here as
one people as only we know to do it.
If the government should be found
culpable, then a general election must
be called before 2015 and if the loyal
opposition is found guilty of perpetuat-
ing a patent political mischief on T&T,
then they too must demit office.
Instilling discipline the
only way to solve crime
In order to confront the crime situation in our
country, it is necessary to analyse the underlying
cause of the situation before embarking on an
overall solution to contain this run away disease.
I maintain that the underlying cause of this
endemic problem, which has hitherto remained
unsolved, is the complete breakdown of disci-
pline in the whole country and in every walk of
life. It therefore cannot be solved by any one
ministry; there has to be a united effort by the
various ministries of the government.
The Education ministry, for example, must
make a national onslaught on the runaway
crime situation. Discipline must return to the
schools and all public institutions. The public
service as a whole must become less corrupt
and be more service-oriented.
The police service must rid itself of the rogue
elements with strong punitive measures against
errant police officers. Teachers must instil a
sense of fair play and discipline in the schools,
backed up by the ministry and the teaching
The Ministry of Transport must institute
strong measures to curb the reckless breaking
of the traffic laws all over the country. At home
parents must take active part in the welfare and
upbringing of their children and set examples of
good behaviour among their charges. Truant of-
ficers should be appointed to ensure that every
child of school age attends school.
The drug trade must be curtailed by not only
increasing the penalties for possession and
using but all fishing ports must be manned by
army and police personnel to ensure that drugs
are not brought in or taken out of the country.
The possession of illegal firearms must be
punishable by life imprisonment and confisca-
tion of all properties. At the same time citizens
with properties to protect should all be given
guns for their own protection and the law of jus-
tifiable homicide adopted. There are other ac-
tions which could be taken and more thought
must be given to arrest the crime endemic in
Dr Clifford Ramcharan
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